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Tutorials / 'Burrito' method
« on: December 22, 2019, 03:57:50 AM »
In another post I can't find I was trying to work out this method I had seen on another tutorial, but this one shows it much better. I'm making shorts and matching scrunchies for my 2 older granddaughters, and on this tutorial she shows you ways of making scrunchies with bows. She does a good job :) I still don't actually 100% get it but I'm about to do it and she shows it clearly, so what could go wrong?

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from Dorset, UK
« on: December 10, 2019, 22:24:58 PM »
Hi JudyN, and welcome from me also. I think if you're thinking of getting back into sewing it'd be worth getting another machine which does more, even a second hand one. Sewing a straight line isn't as easy as one might think!  ;)

Hi, I'm new... / Re: New to sewing, and to the Forum
« on: December 09, 2019, 23:29:30 PM »
Skirt would be easy to make!

Hi, I'm new... / Re: New to sewing, and to the Forum
« on: December 09, 2019, 17:05:41 PM »
Hi Tim, I just noticed, to my embarrassment, that I had told you you could make 'shorts for your boys', not realizing your boys are cats!  :meow: :meow:It evokes a funny visual image! I hadn't read thru everything when I gave you that tip! I think it'd be hard to get shorts on them :|

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hi from NZ
« on: December 09, 2019, 17:00:13 PM »
Hi badgermat, it's wonderful to see you here :) I pricked up my ears when you said about making things for your new grandson. I'm loving making things for my own grandchildren, the latest of whom is 4 months old. It's such fun making little things which take less than half a yard of fabric and are so quick and cute, like diaper covers (although we call them nappies here). I love browsing the tutorials with the free patterns, they are brilliant. I'm not new to sewing, however I'm a bit amateurish, so in a sense a newbie too, well, new to lots of aspects of it. When I started sewing, we didn't have the internet! Anyway, a warm welcome to you!

The Haberdashery / Re: Rotary cutters, no luck with using them
« on: December 08, 2019, 11:52:27 AM »
I could be pressing too hard @Nevis5  because I don't know how hard you're meant to press and also because it doesn't feel like it's going to cut thru if I don't. Possibly the blade is blunt, again, because I don't know how often they need changing and right after I changed the blade it was still happening. Maybe I need a better quality cutter. Also I'm a bit nervous when I do it so maybe that affects it.  I'll try changing the blade again and not pressing as hard!   

The Haberdashery / Re: Rotary cutters, no luck with using them
« on: December 07, 2019, 14:24:41 PM »
Well I've tried with rulers and without, on curves. I can 'steer' the thing ok, but it doesn't cut all the way so I have to finish off bits with the scissors. But mainly, it doesn't feel right, doesn't feel smooth and clean cut, kind of jerky like when you're learning to drive.  :\

The Haberdashery / Rotary cutters, no luck with using them
« on: December 07, 2019, 05:41:23 AM »
I've tried good brands and generic, and I can't get the hang of using them. Even with a new blade inserted I can't cut smoothly. I tend to go back to scissors when I'm in danger of accidentally cutting off the edges of the pattern, but I'd love to be able to use the rotary cutter as easily as I see other people in the videos :)

Machine Accessories / Re: walking foot
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:48:55 AM »
Actually the overlocker I bought might be the 'cheaper option'. I got it on ebay for $ 300 AUD (free postage!) Near where I live there's sewing shop where they also have lessons and workshops. I was excited to go and check it out for the first time, especially as they only stock Jenome. My excitement evaporated when the lady I spoke to about the workshops asked me where I bought the machine, and when I said 'ebay' she was very disapproving. She said where I got it from wasn't the actual Janome,  just a shop, and I wouldn't have warranty (I do have warranty). She said if I'd got it from her shop I would have got free lessons with it and follow up service. I quickly realized that if I signed up for one of her workshops I'd never hear the end of the fact that I'd done a stupid thing not getting it at her shop!

I don't actually care about missing out on the free lessons etc as the machine is actually a proper Jenome and I'm very happy with it. They also stocked quilting fabric for $30 per metre, whereas I'd just recently got some on clearance at Spotlight (our main fabric shop here)  for $4 per metre. I think the shop I bought it from on ebay is a Janome shop just like hers anyway. I don't know if I'm missing something but I thought it was a good deal ><

Machine Accessories / Re: walking foot
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:25:46 AM »
Ooh, I hadn't thought of that -<

Tech Know How / Re: How to do that @(member) thing
« on: December 02, 2019, 02:33:58 AM »
That is very cool, thanks!

Tech Know How / Re: How to do that @(member) thing
« on: December 02, 2019, 02:32:43 AM »
I think it's worked?

Tech Know How / How to do that @(member) thing
« on: December 01, 2019, 03:34:51 AM »
like when you want to reply to individual member's post. Thanks :[

Welcome Lounge and Information / Re: Query/suggestion
« on: December 01, 2019, 03:26:26 AM »
That is great to know, thanks!

Welcome Lounge and Information / Query/suggestion
« on: November 30, 2019, 06:21:28 AM »
Is there a category for getting helpful suggestions for problems we get with sewing projects? I couldn't find one except specifically for sewing machines, but I mean the actual sewing and figuring out patterns etc. I did see somewhere something about our project diaries but I think that was just for quilting. I don't know if it's ok to post about such problems in the Cafe or would that be like bringing 'work' into the 'fun' area, so to speak? I encounter many little puzzling things as I go about my attempts to make things for my grandchildren and have no one in real life to ask about, whereas I know there are many many very experience sewers here who could easily explain them to me. There are even things I could explain to new sewers, I guess. Thanks

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